- Dec 13, 2019
Amazon said Monday it has removed “Christmas ornaments” and other merchandise bearing the images of Auschwitz that had been available on its online site.
Two popes attest to the power of silence.
The story of Rudolf Höss, the commander at Auschwitz and one of history’s greatest mass murderers who eventually returned to his Catholic faith before his own execution, shows that God’s mercy can reach even into the greatest depths of evil.
The memory and pain of the world’s silence during the Shoah should be a call to action for Jews to defend those suffering persecution today, especially Christians, said Rabbi Michael Schudrich, the chief rabbi of Poland, in the wake of Pope Francis’ visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Speaking on Wednesday about his recent silent visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau, Pope Francis said, “Looking at the cruelty of the concentration camp, I thought about today’s cruelty, which is similar; not as concentrated as in that place, but around the world.”
During his trip to Krakow for World Youth Day, Pope Francis has extended a papal tradition by using the city’s most famous window, at the archbishop’s residence, to interact with the crowds, but Francis’s impromptu remarks this time have had a more somber tone.